Painted Brick

I just love a painted brick house – it looks so fresh and cheerful. My favorite color for painted brick is a soft grayish white – that’s what I painted my house. If you are thinking about painting your brick, here are some gorgeous inspiration photos.


I love the painted brick on this one. Often I like unpainted brick on classic two story houses, but this house would not have been as charming, and I don’t think the Chinese Chippendale railing would look good against red brick. I love how the little “roofs” of the bay windows look sort of like a pagoda. Cute!


1930s Colonial



Here is a nice example of a contemporary home. I like how the white is a soft white – the texture of the brick and the softness of the paint color are nice against all of the straight lines. Don’t know if I’d like living with all of those huge uncovered windows – kind of like living in a fish bowl! Maybe they have a really long front yard and lots of tall bushes out front?






This house is so charming. I love how the brick and the trim are the same color. It’s like a clean-lined version of an English cottage. I like everything about this house: the pitch of the roof, he porte cochere, the front entry and the arched front door. So charming – I’d move into this house tomorrow!



Majestic Oaks Residence


Here’s a more formal house. Or should I say “manse?” This looks pretty big!!! I love the black of the windows against the soft white of the brick. About the only thing I would change is the front door. It feels like it needs something more solid there.


Symphony Design Home


Another charming stripped down cottage. I say cottage meaning style – this house definitely ain’t little. It’s probably more than double the size of my house! I like the details like the dovecote over the upper window on the left. I also like the color of the trim against the white brick. It’s hard to tell whether it’s gray or a sage green. Either way, it’s pretty. Love the copper downspouts, too!


Cotswold House Exterior


I’m pretty sure this is a poolhouse – isn’t it fabulous?  Love the dark of the doors and window against the brick. Also LOVE the orange and white stripes on the chairs – isn’t it fun? Doesn’t this look like a place that Slim Aarons would have photographed?


Torrey Pines


Here’s a good example of a more creamy white-ish color on the brick. It’s darker than I personally like, but it still looks good. I like how the cream unifies the different materials used on the body of the house. The bump out to the right has different materials than the front of the dormer window above the roofline. If these were different colors, it would be too much. This is one where I think it would look better if the corbels and shutters were lighter – they feel a bit heavy now. The windows could stay dark, though.




Here’s a sharp example of modern white brick. I love how clean this is. The brick really warms it up. So pretty.


Brisbane Street House


Here’s a stripped down farmhouse style home. Again, I like the dark windows against the white of the brick.




Here’s another charming “cottage” style home. I love the swooping roofline of the second story. I would be happy in this home!


Modern Rustic Renovation


Here is a nice contemporary in white brick. Again, I love how the texture and color of the brick softens the hard lines of the architecture.


Hickory Residence


Here’s a bigger home – love the shutters and the gutters (hey that rhymes!).




Here is a lovely formal home. I love the repetition of the planters. The taupe-y color of the trim is pretty with the brick color. It’s a very soothing combo.





Here’s another cute house – couldn’t this be a Nora Ephron movie set? I like the soft grayed down blue of the shutters against the white brick. Charming!


Urban Building Group: Charlotte, NC


And dovecotes again! So pretty. Love the espaliered plants on the front wall. Very pretty house.


Trimble Road


So, do you think you could take the leap and paint your brick?




My house is painted!

My house is painted, and I love it!  I’ve been wanting to get the brick painted for years, and I’m so happy that we’ve finally done it. To me, it makes the house feel so updated and fresh.

The brick is Benjamin Moore OC-30 Gray Mist matte. The top of the gutters and the shutters are Sherwin Williams Black Fox 7020. The trim and gutters are a 75% strength formulation of the Gray Mist in a satin. The front door (my favorite!) is Benjamin Moore 459 Woodland Green in satin.




We moved the existing sconces to the back door, and now we need to get new ones. With the refreshed exterior, our old house numbers looked tired, so we need to get new ones. Oh, and a new door bell and welcome mat. It goes that way when you update something doesn’t it? Everything else needs updating too!

Our landscaping up against the house is looking a little sad too. This spring, we took out a bunch of scraggly boxwoods that probably have been in the ground since the house was built in 1963. You can’t plant shrubs here in the summer – it’s just too darn hot, so we have to wait until it cools down. I want to put a bunch of azaleas that grow to about 2 feet tall at the foundation. I don’t have the time for gardening, so I like having flowering bushes and trees to add color.

Here are some of my favorite lanterns that are in my budget. All of them can be found at Masterpiece Lighting. Click on the images to link to individual information and pricing.

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My favorites are the first one and the fifth one. It’s going to be a hard decision to choose one!




Painted brick

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I’ve been wanting to paint the exterior of my house for years. My house is a 60s ranch burger that is cute, but doesn’t have much architectural interest. The brick is pretty nice, though – I think it was reclaimed brick, so it was interesting in a rustic way.

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I’ve been pinning pictures of exteriors of homes where the brick has been painted for years now. There is just something elegant about brick painted a creamy gray-white. I have nothing against natural brick – I love a classic brick Georgian or Federal home – timeless.

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There is a house we drive by on our trips to Trader Joe’s. The house is in an area of Atlanta called Virginia Highlands that is full of 20s and 30s homes. The house is so cute has painted brick – it’s a creamy white – gorgeous. Every time I saw it, it made me want to paint my home.

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A neighbor down the street painted her ranch a sage green a couple of years ago, and another neighbor painted her house a charcoal gray last year. Their houses looked so good, it really inspired us to get our act together and get our house painted.

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We decided to pull the trigger and get our house painted. We were wayyyyy overdue. We hadn’t had the trim painted since we moved in 12 years ago. It was looking kinda shabby.



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So two weeks ago, we went ahead and called our painter and told him to paint the brick and trim. I love how it looks so much. But you know, there is kind of a domino effect when you make improvements to your home. The old stuff just doesn’t look good anymore. Now I need new lanterns for the front, a new knocker, knob and deadbolt, numbers, etc. New landscaping (argh!). The list just keeps getting longer. I have a little stash of decorating money, so I think I can swing the lanterns and a few other things. We’ll see!

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